The Center for Business and Policy Research (CBPR) is a research and outreach unit known for independent, objective analyses of business, economic, and public policy issues in California. CBPR’s work focuses on the Northern California Megaregion, which includes the North San Joaquin Valley (NSJV), Sacramento Metro Area, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The CBPR operates across the University of the Pacific’s Northern California campuses, with staff and fellows in Stockton and Sacramento. Staff have extensive experience in economic development, transportation, housing, labor, environmental, and water issues that are of critical importance to this region. Widely recognized across California for the quality of its analyses, the CBPR’s reports and experts are frequently cited in the local, state, and national press.
The CBPR was founded in 2004 as the Business Forecasting Center. Since then, its topical scope, staff, and expertise expanded beyond economic forecasting and, as a result, in 2015, it was renamed the CBPR to better reflect its work.